Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi visited to congratulate Iraqi security forces “on achieving victory,” a statement from his office said. Even as he toured the city, airstrikes continued with Iraqi special forces continuing their assault on a last pocket of militant-held territory. The nine-month battle has cost thousands of lives and uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians.
Secretary David Shulkin said the agency, which has been criticized for long wait times at its hospitals, is “committed to becoming the most transparent organization in government.” The transparency also busts the myth that federal workers are immune from termination.
President Trump did not say whether he accepted Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling, stating only, “I’ve already given my opinion.” Putin and his foreign minister both have said that Trump believed the assurances that Russia did not interfere — an assertion U.S. officials have not disputed.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said relations between Moscow and Washington will not improve until Ukraine gets full control of its territory from separatists who he characterized as Russia’s “proxies.”
The GOP is under enormous pressure to approve health-care legislation, but that’s only the beginning: Virtually all of its ambitious agenda — from tax reform to a budget deal to infrastructure programs — is stalled, according to multiple Republicans.
Ismail Royer’s jailhouse exchanges with “shoe bomber” Richard Reid gave him insight into the terrorist mind-set that he would bring out of prison and into a nonprofit organization. This spring he began a new career in extremism — now, as an advocate against it.
Ronald Ridgeway was presumed dead on Feb. 25, 1968, after he was shot in the shoulder during a savage firefight. Dozens of Marines from what came to be called “the ghost patrol” perished. Ridgeway’s saga is one of a young man’s perseverance through combat, imprisonment and abuse.